Understanding Your Roof

Understanding Your Roof - by John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing, Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado

by John Anderson, Severe Weather Roofing

With Colorado’s extreme weather conditions, your roof is the key to protecting your home from weather damage. Usually, homeowners don’t have any idea about the functions of the different components of their roof, the type of roof materials and most importantly the things that could cause damage to it.

This article and infographic will help sum it all up.

Knowing how each component of your roof work to protect your home is extremely important as it will also give you an idea on whether some parts of your roof may need some replacement or repair.

Your roof’s rafters, felt underlayment, and roofing material provide the roof surface. The flashing and guttering help ensure your roof stays dry. The soffit and fascia cover the empty spaces of your roof, like under the eaves and at the ends of the rafters, which helps keep your home critter-free and conceals attic ventilation. Proper attic ventilation is crucial for keeping your roof in top condition.

There are many options when it comes to exterior roofing materials. Make sure that you consider the long-term value of the various roofing materials before jumping into roof replacement. Slate tile for example though very expensive, will likely not need to be replaced for more than 30 years.
Concrete tile, clay tile, and metal roofing will last between 20 and 25 years and cost between $100 and $600 per 100 square feet. Wood shake, though high maintenance, possesses a certain charm, a midrange price point, and a fairly long life when properly maintained. Asphalt and architectural shingles provide a low cost option, though the roof may need replaced sooner than if you used one of these other materials.  If you choose a heavy material like slate or clay tile, it’s important to ensure that your roof structure can withstand the additional weight, especially when you add in the weight of snowfall.

Wind, snow, ice, rain, condensation, moss, algae, and tree limbs have the potential to do serious damage to your roof, no matter what it’s made out of. Be sure to check your roof over regularly for damage and signs of wear and tear to avoid even more costly repairs.